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Northern Iowa vs. Wichita State - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wichita State Shockers (19-2) at Northern Iowa Panthers (19-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Wichita State Shockers and Northern Iowa Panthers meet Saturday at the McLeod Center.

The Wichita State Shockers have won nine straight games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 71.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 56 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 16.1 points and four rebounds while Darius Carter is averaging 12 points and 5.9 rebounds. Fred VanVleet is dishing 5.5 assists and Tekele Cotton is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers have four players averaging at least 9.9 points, and they’re shooting 67 percent from the line and 37.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Wichita State is allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 55 or less points in seven straight games.

Northern Iowa vs. Wichita State - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Iowa Panthers have won eight straight games and play their first ranked team. On the season, Northern Iowa is averaging 64.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting and is allowing 54.7 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Seth Tuttle is averaging 15.1 points and 3.1 assists while Wes Washpun is averaging 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Deon Mitchell is dishing 2.2 assists and Nate Buss is shooting 48.5 percent from the field. The Northern Iowa Panthers have eight players averaging at least 5.1 points, and they’re shooting 71.4 percent from the line and 38.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Northern Iowa is allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in nine straight games.

The Shockers are 44-19 ATS in their last 63 road games and 40-16-1 ATS in their last 57 games overall. The Panthers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Shockers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

It's not very often you're going to get the Wichita State Shockers and small chalk. While this game is more of a toss up, the value is on the road team. 

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Wichita State Shockers -2

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